So. I totally missed that Utah had become the 18th state to approve same-sex marriage. Or maybe I didn’t miss it… the last few weeks have been a bit foggy with a sickness and cough that won’t go away. Anyway it seems 35% of states (18) are allowing gay marriage. Of course I figured Utah would be one of the last ones to be dragged kicking and screaming into the fold with the heavy Mormon population. Clearly I was wrong.
Of course like everywhere else, it’s not a black and white decision.
Two judges of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Saturday held that they would not grant Utah officials’ emergency request to stop same-sex couples from marrying at this time.
The denial means that a Friday court order striking down the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying — leading at least some counties to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples — likely will remain in place at the beginning of office hours Monday — meaning more marriages at that time.
Judges Jerome Holmes and Robert Bacharach, in an order signed by court clerk Elisabeth Shumaker for the court, held that the because the state’s request “does not meet the requirements of the Federal or local appellate rules governing a request for a stay,” the court was denying the motion.